Modeling of the Bending Behavior to Study Nested-Cylinder Structure in Spicules

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The spicule structure of the Euplectella aspergillum sponge (EA) looks promising in the search for mechanical enhancements of brittle materials. Researchers have explored how the various structural levels of the EA affect the properties of the material. Specifically, the nested-cylinder structure of the EA’s spicules increases the strength and toughness of the sponge. However, there is limited research on this structural level of the sea sponge. This research uses finite element analysis (FEA) to model the spicule structure in COMSOL, setting the stage for further research into this bio-inspired material. The results of the initial bending tests prove this procedure of analysis is useful in the study of the spicule structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTMS 2023 152nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition Supplemental Proceedings -
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783031225239
StatePublished - 2023
Event152nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, TMS 2023 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Mar 19 2023Mar 23 2023

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


Conference152nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, TMS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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